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The biggest problem for atheists is that God exists

25 April 2012, 15:44

Atheist arguments have a number of problems. The biggest one is that God exists. Some of the others I will address another time, but here I will address the biggest issue: God exists.

The proof goes like this.

There are various forms of existence. Among these are: a solid kind of existence like rocks, planets and stars; the less solid, animated kind of existence such as trees, lions and maggots; another even less solid existence like gamma rays; and the ephemeral kind of existence such as those flying things created in the collisions in nuclear particle accelerators which quickly lose their existence.  

One form of existence is those entities created in minds of people. They might be figments of the imagination or they might be creatures, creations, of the mind like poems and constitutions.  God, at the very least, is one of these creatures, a creature of belief, if nothing else.

And so God exists. You might not be able to stub your toe on God as you can on a stone; you might not notice God as you don’t notice neutrons passing through you; you might not believe in God. But that doesn’t mean God doesn’t exist.

Atheists might want to argue that this is a flimsy, unreal kind of existence, even trivial, as it allows for just about anything to come into being. That may be so. Some creatures of the mind are trivial. But flimsiness and triviality aren’t argument against existence. In any event God’s existence has been anything but flimsy. As a matter of observable fact it’s been pretty robust and persistent over a good few thousand years. 

God shares this perhaps minimal ontological status with other nearly tangible “creatures” of the mind such as Democracy and Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto (especially that short piece at the start of the 2nd movement).

So just as democracy and music exist so too does God.

Just as the less trivial of these “creatures” impact, influence, affect the things people do, so too has and does God.

The more powerful the “creature”, the more it can affect the behaviour of people. In this respect God has never been trivial.

For atheists to keep denying the existence of God and keep exhorting others to stop believing in God is the same as saying Democracy doesn’t exist, so don’t vote; Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto doesn’t exist, don’t listen to it.

I grant that many atheists (and theists for that matter) will not be satisfied by the ontological status of God that I have shown. But their dissatisfactions don’t refute my logic.

To end off I can’t help taking a shot at earnest evolutionist atheists.  Extending the logic of evolution leads to the conclusion that evolution created God. God, you might if you can understand the forces in evolution, is one of the adaptations in one of the species to ensure its survival (and, I might add, a little extra something).

More on this another time, but in the meantime I can’t help enjoying the little absurdity that the very “thing” held to be the antithesis of God is actually responsible for God’s existence; and that arguing against God is arguing against evolution.

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